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I completely understand if you think I’m crazy for thinking Bruins captain Zdeno Chara is overrated. He is undoubtedly one of the toughest guys to play against, probably one of the scariest players on ice , and has the hardest shot in the league. I have taken it upon myself to really pay attention to his game this season.
Chara is vulnerable to be beaten to the outside against smaller or speedy players. That was easy to see in last years playoffs against Montreal. Chara is not the fastest of guys on ice and at times he depends on the length of his stick to bail him out. Chara has the longest stick in the league and when he stops moving his feet and tries to use his stick he gets beat.
The biggest problem that I have with Chara is his play with the puck. When he is just teeing up the slap shot, that’s fine. He can that all day every day. When he has the puck in the defensive zone he is not the best. Recent Bruins struggles have been linked to bad turnovers and Chara has been in the center of that.
Teams that have a good forechecking group of forwards give Chara trouble. Too many times he turns it over trying to go D-to-D, due to forechecking pressure. Chara also swings and misses on that home run pass we saw him spring Tyler Seguin to a break away goal, it can’t work every time. Sometimes it leads to an icing and a defensive zone face off when the simple play out of the zone is available and he passes on it.
I’m not putting all the blame on Chara for poor play in the defensive zone, but as the captain he should be that guy on the back end that you can trust to get the puck to the other end.
Bruins play tonight in Toronto at 7:00. Pay attention to Chara when he has the puck and see what you think.